Abortion and Class Discrimination
When we think of discrimination we often leap to an image of race. Yes, race discrimination is certainly an atrocity and we see it often – even in the choice of location for abortion facilities and the percentages of those affected. That abortion centers are primarily located in poorer, black neighborhoods has been documented. After all Margaret Sanger’s intent was to eliminate the ‘human weeds‘ among us – all the way to eugenics. There is also a disproportionate rate of abortions among black women who comprise only 13.3% of the US population.
There are other classes of people who are cast aside when it comes to shielding babies from abortion, however. As a society, we’ve come to accept the abortion ‘exceptions’. That small, but nonetheless worthy, segment of society is those who were conceived in rape or incest.
This is a deeply flawed attempt to deflect from the real issue – the humanity of any unborn child – by employing hypotheticals. “What about the rape or incest conceived child?” we are asked. If we allow ourselves to be distracted from the main issue – the humanity of all of the unborn – we do a disservice to humanity as a whole and to the unborn in particular. Straying from the existence of the humanity of the child, we endanger our message – all life is precious. In the eyes of God, the wanted and the ‘unwanted’ are equally worthy. In diluting this message we surrender to a world that will always allow abortion in some instances.
Once that door is open, other exclusions will surely creep in. Consider that an appallingly large percentage of babies diagnosed with Downs Syndrome are aborted across the globe. This is despite encouraging research submitting that these children are happy and valued members of their families.
Classes of Discrimination
A child conceived in rape is no less human than any other child; she is no less a child of God. She is a gift to the world, brought about in a horrific way, but not at the expense of her worth. Although her mother underwent a traumatically violent experience, this has no bearing on her right to live. The sins of the man who violated her mother could never be justly rectified by another act of violence against an innocent. Any punishment meted out should fall on the perpetrator of the crime – rape.